First stand alone ‘Star Wars’ film could center on Yoda, latest rumor says

By Daniel S Levine,

Even though Star Wars: Episode VII has its director, that isn’t going to start rumors from spreading on the web. The latest suggests that Yoda could be at the center of Disney’s first Star Wars film outside the main series.

Ain’t It Cool News claims that Lucasfilm president is starting to put a whole slate of Star Wars films together and plans on making solo films based on characters that fans know and love. Yoda, one of the franchise’s most popular and quotable characters, will get the first film.

Total Film notes that we heard back in November from The Hollywood Reporter that Empire Strikes Back writer Lawrence Kasdan would be writing projects separate from the main episodes. Lucasfilm did confirm last month that Kasdan was going to consult with Episode VII director J.J. Abrams, so his involvement in the future of the franchise has been confirmed.

At this stage, the Yoda report is just a rumor. After all, just weeks ago, there were reports that Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) was making a Jedi epic based on Seven Samurai. That report was later debunked by Snyder’s rep.

Episode VII is currently slated to be released in 2015, although Abrams and Kennedy are not committed to rushing the project.

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